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Day 4 – Puerto Rico

Ahhh…Day 4 of the cruise…another beautiful day.

I awoke to this view from my cabin deck…

That is the fort that was used to guard the island.  Just look at those rocks and water…

I ate a breakfast of fruit and cheese, enjoying the quiet deck beside the Adult Only pool.  I was the first one up in the family, so it was me, my thoughts, and the peace that a morning on the ocean brings…

I saw this…a Coast Guard landing pad…

From the ship, I couldn’t really tell what this was, but it sure was cute!


We had to wait a bit for the ship to clear customs, so our room attendants had time to make our beds and leave us our latest towel animal…

Swan!

And then it was time to go exploring!

We strolled along the pier, haggling with tour bus drivers who were trying to lure us in.  Coupon Queen used her super savings skills and drove a bargain that one driver finally agreed to.  We had to wait while he nabbed enough people to fill all of the seats.

We sat, holding our breaths, as we watched the ploy…
Were those people going to stop?  They did.  They talked.  They started to walk away.  They walked back to the driver.

They approached the bus, looking back one more time…unsure if they were going to be taken for a “ride,” literally.

Decision finally made, they climbed aboard.

We clapped.

They looked unsure until we assured them that were were fairly normal people who were eager to leave.

They sighed in relief and joined us as we waited for the next group of people.

Finally we were off.

Puerto Rico is an interesting place.  I don’t remember seeing any traffic lights, so it was a little scary as our driver navigated the roads.

The architecture was a mixture of old and new…

Courthouse? I can't remember.

The price looks great until you learn that it's per liter. The conversion works out to be about the same as at home.

The Santa sighting reminded me that we really were getting close to Thanksgiving.

It looks like Puerto Ricans enjoy their Starbucks as much as Americans.

High class shopping...in which AuburnChick is not even allowed to window shop.

Maybe this was the courthouse...on account of the flags...maybe it was the capitol...

The building was GORGEOUS.

The ceiling had murals depicting the rich history of this island nation…

Our driver took us to the old and new sections of the island.  We saw this wall near the fort…

And the old cemetery…

This is the old fort, which I had seen from the ship.  How’d you like to go sledding down that hill?

The driver dropped us off in an shopping district area that was five minutes walking distance from the ship.  It was at this shop where I found a trinket…

When we’d had our fill of the stores, we headed back to the ship where we were greeted by staff offering washcloths soaked in cold water (ahhhh…felt so good), fresh drinking water, and Purell…

The people on the left are not related to us...they are innocent bystanders in this blogger's camera lens.

Lunch was a sandwich and pasta salad…

I wiled away the afternoon catching this sight from my deck…

Because we were in a U.S. territory, everyone had cell service, so I grabbed my phone and headed up to the top deck.  As I gabbed it up with my friend, Rabbitrescuer, I admired the souvenir I’d bought myself earlier…

It's a purse made from coconut shells. Very unique!!

I watched the sun as it inched closer to the horizon…

I admired the bling I bought (the bracelet came with earrings to match)…

And the sun moved a little further down…

And then it was dinnertime, where I had crab legs as an appetizer…

I think this was fish…

And a crab cake and some other fish thing…

And then…

DESSERT!!!!

Chocolate Sponge Cake!!

Chicky and Super Sis (sporting the dress she bought at a convenience store earlier in the day) ate too much…comparing bellies after dinner (Chicky’s is on the left).  I looked around warily…wondering what onlookers might be thinking…

The sky was dark when I made my way back to my cabin’s deck…

Puerto Rico’s skyline twinkled from the island’s night life…

I loved the reflection of the lights on the water…

Another day had passed.  I was excited about what the next day would bring…

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